Advising services and important immigration information for international students can be found below. Maintaining your status as either an F-1 or J-1 student is your responsibility. It is important for you to understand the immigration rules and regulations.
Please read all information carefully before consulting an advisor. If you do not see the answer to your question, please contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) at 312-341-3531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the International Student Employment page for details on employment eligibility for F-1 and J-1 students.
It is very important for you to observe the following immigration regulations in order to avoid problems with your student status in the U.S.
All F-1 and J-1 students (and their F-2 or J-2 dependents) are required to file income tax forms for each year they are present in the USA. This is required even if you did not work in the USA. Income taxes are due on April 15 in the following year; some years this may be 1-2 days later if April 15 is a weekend or holiday.
You are responsible for completing these forms. Unfortunately, during the "tax season" there is an increased chance of tax scams - the IRS has posted this notice of Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls. Remember, the IRS (or other US Government agencies) does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue; the IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
Visit the section on Income Taxes on the International Student Employment page.
International Programs can help provide information on your current immigration status. This includes letters to your consulate or embassy, scholarship information, etc. Please contact International Programs to learn more or request a letter here.
Please visit the International Student Employment page for more information.
Please visit the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services for detailed information on obtaining the Illinois Driver's License, Temporary Visitor Driver's License, or Illinois State ID Card.